Framed in Death Valley Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

Framed in Death Valley

About the Book

framed in death valle

Book:  Framed in Death Valley

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspirational Suspense

Release date: March 1, 2021

Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, firefighter Beckett Duke gave up on everything—including his marriage to spirited Laney Holland. That is, until Laney’s life is threatened. Knowing the real killer is still at large, Beckett now has one purpose: protecting the woman he loves…and their unborn child. But sometimes an innocent man’s second chance comes with a deadly price.

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About the Author


Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle.

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What’s up in Death Valley?

As the desert vistas opened up in front of Papa Bear and me, I felt an amazing sense of peace. Mind you, we were visiting Death Valley in the fall. No braving the 130 plus summer temperatures for this couple! I simply cannot describe to you the wonder I felt, as a  suburbanite from a bustling, noisy Northern California city. There is never a moment at home when I see only open horizon, when I hear nothing but quiet breezes. I was, quite simply, stunned.

I had done some research about places to visit as potential series settings, and Death Valley was at the top of the list. The websites did not disappoint. Artist’s Palette, the gorgeous peak painted in a rainbow of rock colors? Check! Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, glistening with salt and not so lifeless as one might think…check! How about my favorite moment…jouncing along the precarious trail through Titus Canyon? Check! Would all of these incomparable locations be suitable for a six book suspense series? Roger that!

It’s ironic that I felt so welcomed by such an inhospitable locale. Visiting is one thing, but it takes a certain rugged breed of individuals to live in such a hostile climate. What fodder for fiction! I simply could not wait to get home and start creating the Duke family. And you know what? When this pandemic is over, Death Valley is the first place I want to return…in the fall, of course! Do you have a place near and dear to your heart? What’s first on your travel list after the world opens up again?

Interview with Dana

  • What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Oh boy. Do I need to pick just one quirk? Well, I’d say the fact that I have learned strategies to cope with my attention span problem. I break up my day into mini goals (i.e., write for 1000 words, walk the dog. Write 1000 words, hop on the treadmill. Write 1000 words, check on the garden. That kind of thing. I espouse my father’s wisdom. He would always say, “You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.”)

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I was an elementary school teacher until just recently, so I haven’t had much time to spare! Now that I’m “retired” since March, I enjoy gardening, in spite of my black thumb! I am also always in search of the perfect recipe to feed my carnivores and vegetarians. (Tofu has not been a winner, thus far!)

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Did you know that reindeer ankles make clicking noises so they can find each other in heavy weather? That’s where the song lyric “Up on the housetop, click, click, click,” comes from. Nifty, huh?

  • Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Aside from the obvious… take classes, join a writing group, etc., the best advice I could give is to read, read, read and read some more! Read all kinds of things from all kinds of writers! You’ll learn something from every piece you read, I promise!

  • What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?

Awww! Thanks for asking! I am writing lots of books for Love Inspired Suspense, of course! I also have a mystery series releasing from Poisoned Pen Press in May entitled Pint of No Return! It was a blast to create the fictional town of Upper Sprocket!

You can find me on Amazon  ,  of course, and Book Bub, Goodreads, and all the usual places. If you want to join my private reader group for lots of gab and giveaways, you can find me at

Blog Stops

Hebrews 12 Endurance, March 16

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 16

Among the Reads, March 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 17

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 17 (Author Interview)

For the Love of Literature, March 18

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 18

Genesis 5020, March 18

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 19

Betti Mace, March 19

Lighthouse Academy, March 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 20

Bizwings Blog, March 20

Texas Book-aholic, March 21

Reviewingbooksplusmore, March 21

Inklings and notions, March 22

Remembrancy, March 22

Simple Harvest Reads, March 22 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

For Him and My Family, March 23

Blogging With Carol, March 23

Older & Smarter?, March 24

Fiction Book Lover, March 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

KarenSueHadley, March 24

She Lives To Read, March 25

deb’s Book Review, March 25

Through the Fire Blogs, March 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 27

Labor Not in Vain, March 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 28

Pause for Tales, March 28

Blossoms and Blessings, March 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 29

Daysong Reflections, March 29

Hallie Reads, March 29


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away  the grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card, a set of six mini cactus candles, and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

4 thoughts on “Framed in Death Valley Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

  1. Roxanne C. says:

    I enjoyed the interview with the author. The information about reindeer’s ankles making clicking sounds is new to me and answers my question about why that line in the Christmas song, “Up on the Housetop.”


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